Lindsay Price, LL Cool J get new roles

The major networks spent much of the last month announcing new project, pilots, and productions, and now they're finally getting around to announcing who will be in them. First up, a rapper-turned-actor is now confirmed to be one of the stars of CBS' NCIS spinoff.

LL Cool J, famous among hip-hop circles for the tracks "Going Back to Cali" and "Momma Said Knock You Out," will be introduced to a very different audience soon, says Variety. LL will play a former Navy SEAL who works undercover on the untitled NCIS tangent. Also reported to be in the cast is Chris O'Donnell, who has yet to be formally announced.

Lindsay Price has found a new job, provided her old one fizzles out. Price has been conditionally cast in ABC's Eastwick, a pilot based on the movie The Witches of Eastwick, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The condition? Her former show, the hanging-by-a-thread Lipstick Jungle, must be canceled first. Currently, NBC is looking for ways to keep the show on the air…but it's not looking good.

Elsewhere, the talented Eric Christian Olsen (Not Another Teen Movie, Beerfest) has grabbed the lead of an untitled comedy at ABC, and Michael Rady (Swingtown) has been cast in the Melrose Place reboot. Olsen will play a man dividing his time between being a goof off with his old friend and a responsible boyfriend to his new love. Rady will play a 25-year-old videographer who recently moved to Los Angeles.

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